Christians throughout history have been strengthened by their confidence that God knows everything about the future. But consider this: What if it simply is not true? What if God can only rely on His best guess about tomorrow—just as you and I do? Would it not affect your trust in Him, your confidence in facing the future, your worship, and your motivation to leave everything in His hands? And yet this is the consequence that has to be faced if you trust what a number of leading voices in evangelicalism are proposing under the doctrine of open theism.
In its redefinition of the nature of divine providence, open theism adjusts the entire picture of God's sovereignty and involvement in our lives. Bruce Ware carefully summarizes and critiques this dangerous doctrine from a thoroughly biblical perspective, providing an excellent treatment of both the classical and openness views. He explores their implications and faithfully pinpoints the subtle ways that open theism undermines our trust in God and lessens His glory in our lives.
Table of Contents:
1. Why You Should Be Concerned
Part One: What Does Open Theism Propose?: Examining God’s Lesser Glory
2. The Perceived Inadequacy of the Classical Arminian View of God
3. The Perceived Benefits of Open Theism
Part Two: What’s Wrong with Open Theism’s View of God?: Assessing God’s Lesser Glory
4. Assessing Open Theism’s Denial of Exhaustive Divine Foreknowledge
5. Scriptural Affirmation of Exhaustive Divine Foreknowledge
6. The God Who Risks and the Assault on God’s Wisdom
Part Three: What Difference Does it Make in Daily Life?: Expressing God’s Lesser Glory
7. Harm to the Christian’s Life of Prayer
8. Weakening of Our Confidence In God’s Guidance
9. Despair amid Suffering and Pain
10. God’s Greater Glory and Our Everlasting Good
Bruce A. Ware (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has authored God's Lesser Glory, God's Greater Glory, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.